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A Passion for GovernmentThe Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough$
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Frances Harris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001

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‘We Four Must Never Part’ 17102–1703

‘We Four Must Never Part’ 17102–1703

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A Passion for Government


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Because Sarah and her family stood by Anne through the years despite all the challenges that they encountered, the Marlboroughs initially found their rewards when Anne became Queen. As such, Sarah was formally appointed the positions whose responsibilities she had been already been performing in the previous years —the two senior bedchamber offices of the groom, mistress of the robes, and even the power to control the personal spending the money of the Queen. Although Sarah had great influence through her positions, these had adverse effects since her Courts were found to be without care as she had to deal with her other responsibilities. She wanted an independent role that was relevant to political issues for she herself had plans for government.

Keywords:   Queen Anne, bedchamber office, mistress of the robes, political influence, government, Courts

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